I am guest blogging over at the Grace to You blog. I wrote up a response to Michael Brown’s critical remarks against the upcoming Strange Fire conference.
For a month now people have been contacting our ministry insisting that we answer Dr. Brown’s criticisms. Those folks would say John MacArthur wrongfully equates that heretical nonsense saturating TBN with “sound” charismatic continuationists. If John was truly honest about engaging and taking on genuine continuationists, he would stop going after the TBN health-N-wealth crowd who are easy to attack, and interact with Dr. Brown who represents those “sound” charismatics. It’s guys like Michael Brown who need to be taken seriously as charismatics, not crack-pots like Benny Hinn.
Well, that is exactly what I do on John’s behalf. Look: I’ll be the first to say I have benefited from Dr. Brown’s ministry over the last few years I have heard him. Like I say in my GTY article, his five volume set on answering Jewish objections to Jesus is stellar. Moreover, I highly recommend his massive book, A Queer Thing Happened to America, which is probably the best overview of homosexual activism one can read. I have also liked Dr. Brown’s defense of Israel as a modern-day nation as well as the biblical teaching about their restoration.
However, on this view of the charismatics, the guy is completely off the rails. He totally damages any credibility when he lends support to such wackos as Cindy Jacobs and the other charlatans who participate at Charisma magazine on-line. It’s embarrassing, honestly. So much so that I removed the link in my sidebar to his podcast. I can’t recommend him without a clear warning to the people who I may lead to him.
In my opinion, his endorsement of some of the most notoriously bad charismatics places him squarely in the category of disqualification when it comes to his credibility as a scholar.